Woman Files Lawsuit Against La Crosse, Wis., Diocese

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin woman has filed a civil lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse, claiming it knew a priest had a history of molesting children, yet let him continue to work with youngsters.

Forty-six-year-old Brenda Varga of Plover claims in her lawsuit
that church officials assigned the Rev. Raymond Bornbach to a
parish in Hewitt, Wis., in 1968, even though they knew he was
abusing children.

Varga says Bornbach molested her in 1971 when she was a third-grader. Although The Associated Press does not usually name
sexual assault victims, Varga has talked publicly about her case.

An attorney for the diocese disputes Varga's fraud claims. He says when Varga complained to the diocese in 2003, it investigated the claim and removed Bornbach from priestly duties. Bornbach died
in 2006.

The diocese has 45 days to respond to the civil lawsuit.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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